Flute and Piano
Premiere run with flautist Conor Nelson in 23/24 season.
The Last Possibilities of Light, written for and dedicated to the American flute virtuoso Conor Nelson, is a variation set loosely based on an elegaic melody, for those we have lost, which returns in ritornello fashion during the course of this 13-minute work. The title is a phrase from the poet Michael Ondaatje, whose poetry not infrequently sets the stage for my music. Following the initial statement of this elegy for flute alone, and between returns of the theme in various guises, the music is by turns floating, soaring, cascading, airy and thunderous. After the final, expansive return of the elegy led by the piano, the music cascades toward the end when the flute ultimately disappears like a ghost.
- Donald Crockett
Commissioned by Conor Nelson with the support of the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison with funding from the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation.